‘Centering’ Teaching Excellence in Higher Education

Lane, Diarmaid (2019) ‘Centering’ Teaching Excellence in Higher Education. In: Fifth International Conference on Higher Education Advances, 26 junio 2019 - 28 junio 2019.


This paper explores the complexity of ‘teaching excellence’ (Kreber, 2002) in contemporary higher education. It describes how a university academic, who has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, questions if they really are an ‘excellent teacher’ and if their student-centered philosophy is sustainable. An analysis of data related to teaching and learning effectiveness over a seven year period highlights a significant weakness in how the academic approached the teaching of undergraduate students. This had a subsequent negative effect on several levels. The paper concludes by describing the merits of academics ‘centering’ themselves between the corporate university and the needs of students in striving for ‘teaching excellence’.

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